26 yrs on, Bhopal gas tragedy verdict on June 7

May 14, 2010

From CNN-IBN

Twenty-six years after the Bhopal gas tragedy which claimed thousands of lives, a local court trying the case would pronounce its verdict on June 7.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P Tiwari said Thursday he will pronounce the judgement on June seven on the toxic leak from the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) factory (now defunct), after the arguments of prosecution, CBI, and defence of eight accused drew to a close in the 23-year-old trial.
During the trial, 178 prosecution witnesses were examined and 3,008 documents were exhibited.
CBI counsel C Sahay has argued that the world’s worst industrial disaster occurred due to defective design of the UCIL’s factory and poor maintenance.
Sahay told the court that the Union Carbide Corporation, USA, surveyed the UCIL’s Bhopal factory in 1982 and found serious safety and maintenance lapses on nearly 10 counts.
He contended that even after UCC experts’ team visit adequate safety measures and maintenance work did not take place in the UCIL.

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